A PIZZA shop delivery driver was left terrified when he was allegedly put into a head-lock and held at knifepoint.
The 65-year-old worker’s frightening ordeal started when he went to a house to deliver ordered takeaway.
He got out of his silver car and walked up to the property when he was struck to the back of the head and then restrained by the neck.
Seconds later, the horrified victim had a blade held to him and was robbed of some cash.
Police say he managed to get away and run to his home where he contacted police about what had happened.
He escaped unscathed but was said to be “very shaken up and frightened”.
A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said the crime took place as the driver, who works for Chino’s Pizzeria, in Station Road, Billingham, went to drop-off some ordered food at a house in Tamworth Road, in the town’s Roseberry area, at 12.15am on Monday,
She said: “The incident occurred in the early hours of Monday morning when a pizza delivery man said he was threatened with a knife by a group of people at the address.
“They held him in a head lock and held the knife to him. They took the money he had and tried to take his car keys. He confirmed he was also hit to the back of the head and was left very shaken up and frightened.”
She added: “We’d urge anyone with any information about what happened to contact police.”
Cleveland Police launched an investigation into the offence and officers have been carrying out door-to-door inquiries.
Five youths in their late teens, all boys, were arrested on suspicion of the robbery and have been bailed while police continue their inquiries.
Witnesses or those who can assist with the inquiry should contact police on (01642) 302226 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.